Pope Francis embarks on historic trip to the US

  • The faithful celebrate Mass with Pope Francis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, Penn., Sept. 27, 2015. 
  • Pope Francis delivers the homily as he celebrates mass at the World Meeting of Families at Benjamin Franklin Parkway Sept. 27, 2015 n Philadelphia, Penn. 
  • Pope Francis touches the head of a little girl as families approach him on stage as he celebrates his final mass of his visit to the United States at the Festival of Families, Sept. 27, 2015. 
  • Pope Francis greets the faithful as he celebrates Mass at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, Penn., on Sept. 27, 2015. 
  • Pope Francis celebrates his final mass of his visit to the United States at the Festival of Families on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, Penn., Sept. 27, 2015. 
  • The faithful celebrate Mass with Pope Francis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, Penn., Sept. 27, 2015. 
  • Pope Francis leads a mass in Philadelphia on his last day of his trip to United States Sept. 27, 2015. 
  • Pope Francis arrives at the Festival of Families Sunday mass, where he confronted the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic clergy and met five adults abused as minors. He vowed to hold responsible those involved. 
  • Chalices for communion are prepared during a mass celebrated by Pope Francis at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, Penn., on Sept. 27, 2015. 
  • A Catholic nun of Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration in Mishawaka, Ind., holds a rosary and prays as she waits for the beginning of the Mass on Benjamin Franklin Parkway Sept. 27, 2015. 
  • Lupe Cantu, of McAllen Valley, Texas, hangs rosary beads on a barricade along Benjamin Franklin Parkway as she waits for Mass delivered by Pope Francis, Sept. 27, 2015, in Philadelphia. 
  • People attach prayers on ribbons at the Knotted Grotto outside the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul before a mass celebrated by Pope Francis for the World Meeting of Families, Sept. 27, 2015. 
  • Inmate David Hernandez, 39, of North Philadelphia prays during Pope Francis’ visit to Curran Fromhold Correctional Facility on Sept. 27, 2015 in Philadelphia, Penn. 
  • Pope Francis addresses inmates during his visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia, Sept. 27, 2015. 
  • Pope Francis greets female inmates during his visit to Curran Fromhold Correctional Facility on Sept. 27, 2015 in Philadelphia, Penn. 
  • Pope Francis greets corrections officers during a visit to the Curran-Fromhold Correction Facility Sept. 27, 015 in in Philadelphia, Penn. The pope met with some inmates, their families and prison staff. 
  • Bishops gather outside on the steps of St. Martin of Tours Chapel following Pope Francis’ address at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Sept. 27, 2015 in Wynnewwod, Penn. 
  • Pope Francis greets bishops and cardinals after speaking at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Sept. 27, 2015 in Wynnewwod, Penn. 
  • Pope Francis arrives at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary to address international bishops, Sept. 27, 2015 in Wynnewwod, Penn. 
  • Pope Francis watches dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet perform during the Festival of Families in Philadelphia, Sept. 26, 2015. 
  • Pope Francis watches a performance by members of Marie Miller & Pennsylvania Ballet as he visits the Festival of Families Sept. 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Penn. 
  • A group of nuns watch a telecast of Pope Francis speaking at the World Meeting of Families at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sept. 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Penn. 
  • Pope Francis watches Andrea Bocelli perform at the Festival of Families along Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sept. 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Penn. 
  • Pope Francis speaks at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on Sept. 26, 2015. 
  • Pope Francis greets the crowd as he travels to the Festival of Families on Sept. 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Penn. 
  • Nuns wait for Pope Francis to arrive at the World Festival of Families, Sept. 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Penn. 
  • People gather along Benjamin Franklin Parkway as they await the arrival of Pope Francis at the Festival of Families, Sept. 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Penn. 
  • A nun talks to a girl prior to Pope Francis’ arrival at the Festival of Families rally along Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, Penn., Sept. 26, 2015. 
  • A nun holds U.S. and Papal flags as she chats with a friend along Benjamin Franklin Parkway as they await the arrival of Pope Francis at the Festival of Families, Sept. 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Penn. 
  • Girls rest on the ground as they wait for Pope Francis’ arrival at the Festival of Families rally along Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, Penn., Sept. 26, 2015. 
  • Clergymen exchange the Peace of God during a Mass delivered by Pope Francis at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. 
  • Pope Francis celebrates mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, Penn. on September 26, 2015. 
  • Women hold hands as they pray the Our Father during a Mass delivered by Pope Francis at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. 
  • A member of the clergy uses the papal mass program as a fan while Pope Francis leads the service at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, Penn., Sept. 26, 2015. 
  • Pilar Cedeno, of Hackensack, N.J., prays as Mass conducted by Pope Francis is broadcast on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from inside the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Sept. 26, 2015. 
  • Pope Francis speaks during a Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. 
  • Pope Francis, center, processes toward the altar at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul to start a mass, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. 
  • Pope Francis arrives at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul for a Mass, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. 
  • Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives for mass at the Basilica of St. Peter and Paul, in Philadelphia, Penn., Sept.26, 2015. 
  • Pope Francis arrives at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul for a Mass, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. 
  • Pope Francis passes fans in his Fiat as he arrives for mass at the Basilica of St. Peter and Paul, in Philadelphia, Penn., Sept. 26, 2015. 
  • Sister Dolores Beatty, 78, wears a Gray Nun crucifix inside the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, ahead of Pope Francis’s papal mass this morning in Philadelphia, Penn., Sept. 26, 2015. 
  • Members of the choir arrive at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul prior to the arrival of Pope Francis on Sept. 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Penn. 
  • A crowd hold up “Pope Emoji” signs while they wait for Pope Francis to arrive at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on Sept. 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Penn. 
  • A nun hangs a prayer along with thousands of other handwritten prayers outside Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul before the arrival of Pope Francis on Sept. 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Penn. 
  • Carolina Magerueno, of Phoenix, Ariz., sleeps by a barricade along Benjamin Franklin Parkway as she waits for the arrival of Pope Francis, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. 
  • Pope Francis kisses and blesses Michael Keating, 10, of Elverson, Pa after arriving in Philadelphia and exiting his car when he saw the boy, Sept. 26, 2015. 
  • Pope Francis stops to meet people after arriving at Philadelphia International Airport, Sept. 26, 2015. 
  • Pope Francis is greeted as he arrives at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Sept. 26, 2015. 
  • Servant of the Lord Sisters from the Monastery of The Precious Blood in Brooklyn wait to greet Pope Francis at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Sept. 26, 2015 in New York. 
  • Bishops and clergy from the Archdiocese of Brooklyn pray the rosary while waiting for Pope Francis at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sept. 26, 2015 in New York City. 
  • Pope Francis is shown on three large video monitors as he celebrates high Mass at Madison Square Garden, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 New York. 
  • Pope Francis bows down as he celebrates mass at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Sept. 25, 2015. 
  • Pope Francis waves as he rides through Central Park in a Papal motorcade on Sept. 25, 2015 in New York City. The Pope is in New York on a two-day visit. He spoke at the United Nations General-Assembly earlier and will lead a Mass in Madison Square Garden tonight. 
  • A cardboard cutout of Pope Francis is visible over the crowd waiting to watch a papal procession in Central Park on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in New York. 
  • Pope Francis greets guests upon his arrival at Our Lady Queen of Angels School on Sept. 25, 2015 in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City. 
  • Security personnel watch from the back of a vehicle as Pope Francis tours Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem in New York, Sept. 25, 2015.
  • Pope Francis speaks during a multi-religious prayer for peace at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum on Sept. 25, 2015 in New York. N.Y.
  • Pope Francis prays for the victims at the Sept. 11, 2001 memorial in New York, N.Y., on Sept. 25, 2015.
  • Pope Francis prays at the edge of the South Pool at the World Trade Center in New York, N.Y., Sept. 25, 2015.
  • Policemen stand guard near the Madison Square Garden where Pope Francis will attend a prayer mass in New York on Sept. 25, 2015. 
  • Pope Francis arrives to the General Assembly of the United Nations on Sept. 25, 2015 in New York, N.Y.
  • Pope Francis departs from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2015.
  • The doors are opened as Pope Francis prepares to depart St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, NY, Sept. 24, 2015. 
  • Pope Francis leaves St. Patrick’s Cathedral after attending an evening prayer service in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2015.
  • Priests sing as Pope Francis leads a service at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Sept. 24, 2015 in New York, N.Y.
  • Pope Francis leads the evening prayer service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Sept. 24, 2015 in New York City. The Pope is on his first trip to the United States, visiting Washington, DC, New York and Philadelphia. 
  • A group of nuns await Pope Francis’ celebration of evening prayers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, Sept. 24, 2015. 
  • Pope Francis waves to the crowd and cameras outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on Sept. 24, 2015. 
  • Pope Francis waves to gathered crowds as he makes his way down Fifth Avenue towards St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, NY, on Sept. 24, 2015. Pope Francis is on a five-day trip to the USA, which includes stops in Washington DC, New York and Philadelphia, after a three-day stay in Cuba. 
  • Pope Francis reaches out to 5th grader Omodele Ojo of East New York, Brooklyn as he is greeted as he arrives at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sept. 24, 2015, in New York. 
  • Children sleep while waiting for Pope Francis to arrive along 5th Avenue on his way to St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Sept. 24, 2015 in New York City. As the Pope continues on his American tour, he is expected to arrive in New York City from Washington D.C. in the late afternoon. In his first scheduled event in New York, the Pope will hold Mass at St. Patrick’s before thousands of worshippers.
  • Congressional staffers and guests strain to view and photograph the departure of Pope Francis in his Fiat 500L, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 24, 2015.
  • Pope Francis, accompanied by members of Congress, waves to the crowd from the Speakers Balcony on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2015, after addressing a joint meeting of Congress inside.
  • Ines Rodriguez, Claudia Montana, Ikeita Cantu and Carmen Guzman gather on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis who will address a joint meeting of Congress in Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2015.
  • Pope Francis addresses the joint session of Congress on Sept. 24, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
  • Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 24, 2015 in Washington, D.C. 
  • Pope Francis is applauded as he arrives to give his speech to the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C., Sept. 24 2015.
  • A woman holds rosary beads as she waits to watch Pope Francis address a Joint Session of Congress in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24, 2015 on the third day of his six-day visit to the U.S.
  • Pope Francis greets schoolchildren upon departure from the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C., on the third day of his first visit to the United States on Sept. 24, 2015.
  • Pedestrians take photographs of Pope Francis dolls displayed in front of a 7-Eleven on 5th Avenue on Sept. 24, 2015 in New York, N.Y. 
  • Security personnel stage outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue as they await the arrival of Pope Francis, Sept. 24, 2015, in New York, N.Y. Security screening will be just part of “layers and layers and layers of protection” the pope will receive during his visit, including a deployment of 6,000 extra police officers and specialized counterterrorism units, said John Miller, the NYPD’s top security official.
  • Pope Francis waves at the crowd as he arrives for the Canonization Mass for Friar Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 23, 2015.
  • Pope Francis conducts Mass outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Sept. 23, 2015, in Washington, D.C.
  • Seminarians greet Pope Francis, bottom center, as he walks into the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2015, before holding a mass to canonize Junipero Serra.
  • Pope Francis holds a prayer meeting with the U.S. bishops at Saint Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2015.
  • Nuns sit in their pews while waiting for Pope Francis to arrive inside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Sept. 23, 2015, in Washington, D.C. 
  • Bishops await the arrival of Pope Francis for midday prayer at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington D.C., on Sept. 23, 2015.
  • Pope Francis reaches from the popemobile for Sofi Cruz, a 5-year old daughter of undocumented immigrants, during a parade in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2015.
  • Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the popemobile during a parade in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2015, following a state arrival ceremony at the White House hosted by President Barack Obama.
  • President Barack Obama and Pope Francis walk down the Colonnade before meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2015.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama stands with Pope Francis during an arrival ceremony for the pope at the White House in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2015.
  • Pope Francis kisses a baby as he parades around the White House Ellipse in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2015.
  • President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet Pope Francis during a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2015.
  • Pope Francis receives a kiss, outside the Apostolic Nunciature to the United States on Sept. 23, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
  • Spectators wave the vatican flag while waiting along the parade route of Pope Francis around the Ellipse, south of the White House, Sept. 23, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
  • With Secret Service personnel looking on, Pope Francis waves on departure at Joint Base Andrews, Md., in a Fiat 500 after arriving for his first trip to the U.S. on Sept. 22, 2015.
  • Supporters of Pope Francis cheer at his arrival at Joint Base Andrews, Md., outside Washington D.C., on Sept. 22, 2015.
  • President Barack Obama walks across the tarmac with Pope Francis upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Sept. 22, 2015.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama (4th L) and his wife and daughters applaud Pope Francis (2nd R) upon his arrival at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, D.C., Sept. 22, 2015.
  • Nuns with the Hospitaler Sisters of Mercy in Pleasantville, N.J., pose for a selfie with a cutout of Pope Francis, at the World Meeting of Families conference, Sept. 22, 2015, Pa.

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Pope Francis touched down at Andrews Air Force Base, home of the presidential air fleet near Washington, D.C. Tuesday afternoon for a six-day scheduled visit that will bring him to before Congress in Washington D.C., as well as New York City and Philadelphia.

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia greeted the 78-year old, Argentine-born pontiff alongside Vice President Joe Biden and wife Jill (who are both Catholic), as he made his way down a receiving line on the tarmac and was welcomed by bishops and young schoolchildren. 

Francis’ visit marks his first ever trip to the U.S. He arrived from Cuba, where he held a papal mass and was welcomed by thousands, including President Raul Castro and Fidel Castro, whom he had worked with to help normalize diplomatic relations between the Communist country and the United States. 

The White House will host a welcoming ceremony for Francis Wednesday morning. The Pope’s visit will make history, as he will become the first pontiff to address a joint meeting of Congress. He is expected to speak on hot button issues including income inequality, climate change, extremism, immigration and the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe.

On Friday, he will speak at the United Nations’ General Assembly in New York City and celebrate mass at Madison Square Garden.

 He will be in Philadelphia Saturday and Sunday for World Meeting of the Families, a conference that is said to be the largest gathering of Catholic families. He is also scheduled to visit inmates at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility before his departure to the Vatican. 

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